Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
‘Tis the season for treats… homemade doggy treats, that is!
Many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen over the holidays cooking and baking for our friends and loved ones. If you’re a dog owner, I’m sure you’re used to your pup staring at your every move in the kitchen, hoping for a taste of whatever you’re cooking up. At least that’s the case with my pup, Milton! As soon as he hears me in the kitchen- he runs over to see what I’m up to, just in case it benefits him at the end.
I typically make these treats for him throughout the year (yes, I am that doggy mom whose pup is basically her child and spoils him rotten) as they are super easy and he loves them. I do tweak the ingredients every time, just to change it up a bit. If the recipe calls for banana, I might replace this with organic unsweetened applesauce or 100% pureed organic pumpkin. During the holidays I like to use 100% pureed organic pumpkin and cinnamon.
While our pups may not be able to eat most of the deliciousness we whip up in the kitchen, these homemade treats are doggy approved and the perfect way to include them in your holiday baking festivities!
Adapted from: wholefoodsmarket.com
- 1 banana, mashed (or 1/4- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 100% pureed pumpkin, or sweet potato)
- 1 cup oat flour
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup dried parsley
- 3 tablespoons all natural peanut butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- Put banana (or fruit/veggie used) in a large bowl and add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter, and egg and stir well to combine.
- Set aside for 5 minutes.
- Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each. Transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) coin.
- Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes.
- Set aside to let cool completely.
Notes: It is best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them, just make sure to thaw the treats before handing them out.
For a fun added touch, you can also roll out the dough to make shapes with cookie cutters! If using cookie cutters, serving size will be less.
Basilia Theofilou is a contributor on our blog as well as one of the nutrition advisors here at PreviMedica. You can read more about her here.